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CURRENT AFFAIRS 24TH AUGUST 2020
ARTICLES FROM THE HINDU, INDIAN EXPRESS, PIB
NUBRA
Rs 1,200-crore plan to hook up Nubra, Zanskar in Ladakh to national grid
• The government is implementing a Rs 1,200-crore project to hook up Nubra valley in the country’s northern tip, and Zanskar, among the least-explored regions of Kargil, with the national power grid.
• It will improve ease of living for people living in these areas with regular power supply and remove dependence on diesel generators.
• Nubra, a popular tourist destination, is strategically located with Baltistan in POK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) on the west, Siachen glacier – the world’s highest battleground – in the north and Chan-Chenmo range in the east.
• Historically, it connected India to the southern branch of the old Silk Route from China through the Karakoram Pass.
• Assured power supply is expected to promote local economic activity and create employment through winter tourism.
• Environment will also get respite from carbon emission from diesel generators used for supplying power for about 5 hours in the evening.

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